Encore: Langer’s on The Best Thing I Ever Ate

Make sure you catch the encore presentation of Langer’s Delicatessen-Restaurant on Food Network’s “The Best Thing I Ever Ate” program produced by Authentic Entertainment. We are in the “Between Bread” episode.

The NEXT encore air date for the Langer’s segment is August 15, 2009 at 6:00PM Pacific / Eastern. You can click here to visit the episode page.

The series is 9:30PM every Tuesday. Here’s a link to the Food Network’s show site.

Be a Langer’s Fan on Facebook

Langer’s Delicatessen-Restaurant is now on Facebook, and you can follow us there along with all your friends and family. Just click here to be redirected to our Facebook page, and click the “Become a Fan” button to add us to your friends list.

We’ll be adding much more to our Facebook presence in the coming weeks, so visit us often. And feel free to leave a review, start a discussion, or add your own fan photos to the page. We look forward to interacting with you!

SeriousEats.com: Is Los Angeles the Best Jewish Deli Town?

SeriousEats.com poses the very serious question, “Is Los Angeles the Best Jewish Deli Town?” and gets lots of positive response from this potentially catastrophic query. It’s all part of ongoing coverage of David Sax’s new book, “Save The Deli,” which comes out this fall and will be available from Langer’s on our Merchandise page. Here’s a quick quote from the piece:

Sax’s favorite Los Angeles delis include: Nate ‘n Als, Arts, Canters, Brents, Greenblatt’s, Factors, Juniors, and Langers, as JewishJournal.com points out. So, are you throwing a pickle at the screen in rage? Or do you agree?

Definitely click here to check out the terrific range of responses from SeriousEats.com’s visitors.

AlBorde.com: Bilingual Langer’s Food Review

AlBorde.com published an interesting review of Langer’s recently that features both English and Spanish passages. Author Rafael Acero did a great job summarizing the first-time-Langer’s experience:

If you wanna switch things up a bit without being too extreme or without compromising your budget by much, head over to “Langer’s Deli” for some of the best pastrami EVER. If you haven’t tried “Langer’s”, you owe it to yourself to experience it- even if you’re not a huge pastrami fan, after eating at this joint, you will be.

Click here to read the complete review at AlBorde.com

LATaco.com: Fans of Langer’s

The popular website LATaco.com (“Celebrating the taco lifestyle in Los Angeles, California, USA”) recently published a great review of Langer’s No. 19 and our corned beef. Written by Ali Khan, the review includes great photographs and some wonderful prose:

Eat your heart out New York. The best Pastrami sandwich is a Los Angeleno. An East side one, at that. Sitting at the corner of 7th and Alvarado, yards away from where Captain David Aceveda and the late Terry Crowley met in the pilot of The Shield, is Langer’s, one of the best restaurants in the city.

….and:

Like most delicatessen’s, Langer’s features a huge menu that could tempt one to veer off the Pastrami highway, but this is simply not advised. Unless that is, you happen to go after the best kept secret at Langer’s: The Corned beef!

Click here to read the complete review at LATaco.com

Jewish Journal: David Sax Book Review

The Jewish Journal has published a review of David Sax’s new book, “Save The Deli”:

Brace yourself New York, because what I am about to write is definitely going to piss a lot of you off, but it needs to be said: Los Angeles has become America’s premier deli city

The review goes on to list the book’s local coverage:

Sax, who spent a lot of meals out here noshing his way to proof, presents his evidence: Nate ‘n Als, Arts, Canters, Brents, Greenblatt’s, Factors, Juniors and… Langers, home of the finest pastrami sandwich in the universe, much less the country.

Click here to read the complete review

Click here to visit the Save The Deli website

Langer’s on Food Network’s The Best Thing I Ever Ate

Langer’s Delicatessen-Restaurant will be featured in an upcoming episode of the Food Network’s “The Best Thing I Ever Ate” program produced by Authentic Entertainment. We will appear in the “Between Bread” episode.

The air date for the Langer’s segment is August 4, 2009 at 9:30PM.

The series is 9:30PM every Tuesday. Here’s a link to the Food Network’s show site.

1997 LA Times Story: Heart in the Rye Place

Thanks to Google Alerts, we re-discovered this gem of a story on Langer’s written back in 1997 by Denise Hamilton for the Los Angeles Times. Here’s a sample:

LOS ANGELES — Al Langer, whose pungent pastrami on chewy rye is widely considered the best in Los Angeles, knows it takes more than a tasty sandwich to keep a delicatessen afloat for half a century.

In part, it’s a crapshoot, admits the 84-year-old patriarch of Langer’s Deli, which has seen good times and bad in the MacArthur Park neighborhood where he opened shop 50 years ago this month with $500 in his pocket.

But the scrappy New Jerseyite says it’s also a matter of knowing when to hold, what to fold and how to change with the times.

Take the deli’s location. As the once-prosperous commercial and residential Jewish neighborhood became filled with struggling Central American refugees, Langer held on, convinced that there would always be customers for his matzo brei, kippers and those fat, famous sandwiches.

Maybe so, but not at night or on Sundays anymore.

Click here to read the entire article – it’s worth it.

Sonia Romero Westlake Metro Station Artwork

MosaikaDesign.com has an interesting visual collection of the many tiles created by artist Sonia Romero for the Westlake Metro station. Her work includes a great one of Norm and Al Langer, sitting in a booth at the restaurant.

Click here to view the entire collection now.

LA Weekly’s Jonathan Gold: Langer’s one of 99 Essential LA Restaurants

The LA Weekly’s famed food critic Jonathan Gold has named Langer’s Delicatessen-Restaurant one of LA’s 99 Essential Restaurants:

…bite into a Langer’s pastrami sandwich: thick slices of hand-sliced meat, glistening with peppery fat, as dense and as smoky as Texas barbecue; thick-cut seeded corn rye, hot, crisp-crusted and soft inside, with a slightly sour tang that helps tame the richness of the meat; a dab of yellow mustard as important to the whole as a sushi master’s wasabi. The fact is inescapable: Langer’s serves the best pastrami sandwich in America…

Click here to read the entire article.

Thank you, LA Weekly and thank you, Jonathan!

Los Angeles Magazine names Langer’s 2009 Best of LA

Langer’s is proud to announce we have been selected by Los Angeles Magazines as part of their 2009 Best of LA for “cheap eats.” Thank you, LA Magazine! Click here to read the story on their website.

Norm Langer Receives Top Hot Tamale of LA Award

Langer’s Delicatessen-Restaurant’s is pleased to announce Norm Langer has been named one of 10 recipients of the first annual Top Hot Tamales of Los Angeles Awards! The award “honors 10 community builders who have helped begin to change the MacArthur Park neighborhood from a ‘crime-filled point of destination’ into a ‘growing art, business, cultural, educational, recreational, residential, service, and social point of destination.'”

The 10 recipients are:

  • LA Councilmember Ed P. Reyes – First District;
  • LA Police Chief William J. Bratton, Los Angeles Police Department;
  • Bishop J. Jon Bruno, Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles;
  • Arturo Martinez, Deputy City Attorney, Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office;
  • Albert Torres, Interim Chief Park Ranger/ Department of Recreation and Parks;
  • Barbosa Polverini, Board Member, Levitt Pavilion at MacArthur Park;
  • Karen Mack, Executive Director, LA Commons;
  • Jackie Jones, Pacific Asian Consortium in Employment Business Development Center;
  • Norm Langer, Langer’s Delicatessen and Restaurant;
  • Joe Colletti, PhD, Episcopal Housing Alliance and Economic Development.

Norm is thrilled and honored to receive this award with such an auspicious grouping of individuals who make a difference here in Los Angeles. Thank you!